Dusseldorf The NFL wants to play games in Germany from 2022. Three locations are now in the final selection. Düsseldorf will also be there with the Merkur Spiel-Arena. The city thinks it has a good chance.
The NFL football league is coming to Germany – and three German cities can hope to host the games. As the league announced on Tuesday, Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt are the last three applicant cities that are in the raffle. “We’re only interested in a long-term partnership,” said Brett Gosper, NFL Head of Europe and UK.
The NFL has been playing games in London on a regular basis for a number of years. Last weekend the Atlanta Falcons played against the New York Jets at Tottenham Stadium. Another game will take place in London next Sunday. Then the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins perform there.
But the NFL has also recognized that the market in Germany is huge. Only last weekend over 10,000 Germans are said to have been in the stadium in London. From 2022 to 2025, games will then also take place in a German city. Düsseldorf sees itself well positioned in the application process and is doing well Paid content after the return of the Rhein Fire hopes for the special games.
“By hosting numerous well-known and international major sporting events, the sports city of Düsseldorf has the necessary experience and the right infrastructure to ideally stage an event of this size,” said Mayor Stephan Keller. “Düsseldorf burns for football and is ready to become the football capital of Germany.”
In addition to the games in Germany, the NFL also wants to establish the headquarters of European football in the host city. In addition, the youngsters there should be particularly encouraged by the NFL.
The games would be played in Düsseldorf in the Merkur Spiel-Arena, Fortuna’s home stadium. “Since the game can also be held in the winter months, our completely lockable roof and the heated interior are the basic requirements for top sporting performance and an optimal fan experience. With a capacity of more than 50,000 seats, a top-class VIP offer and state-of-the-art technology, the Merkus Spiel-Arena is made for the international game, ”said Michael Brill, CEO of D.LIVE, who led the application process in Düsseldorf.
But Frankfurt is also considered to have good chances, as the city is also known internationally for football. Frankfurt Galaxy recently won the first edition of the European League of Football – by the way, in the Merkus Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf.